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Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by external grant panels comprised of history and museum professionals, as well as representatives from the IHS Local History Partners program.*

* Reviewing grants is often an effective way to learn what makes a good fundraising argument. To offer this perspective, IHS will invite Local History Partners to serve on review panels. Click here for more information about the Local History Partners program. 


Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Fit with funding priorities - Does the proposal address collections stewardship? Would it build organizational capacity? Is it innovative? Does it build collaborations?
  • Summary of project - Is the project summary comprehensive? Does it demonstrate clear understanding of the scope of the project?
  • Case for support (need) and institutional readiness - Does the organization make a compelling case for support? Is the stated need apparent? Does the organization seem well placed and prepared to address the need?
  • Project budget and timeline - Is the budget complete and detailed? Does it demonstrate understanding of the funding needed to successfully complete the project?  Is the timeline complete and detailed? Does it support the project summary and intended results?
  • Intended results - Are the intended results clear and achievable?  Can they be tracked and measured? Are they strongly connected to the project?




Lilly Endowment

Heritage Support Grants are provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.